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Pharcyde 03-18-03 12:31 PM

my Bighit idea
 
Im thinking about buying a bighit frame and building it up. You guys have any idea how much one sells for? And what would a guy like me do who doesnt know how to build a bike? Would a shop take care of that for me once I had bought all the parts?

The thing is, Im trying to work a deal with the shop I bought my enduro from. 3 weeks after I bought the bike, the price dropped down to $999 versus 1299 that I payed. Im using this and the fact that I JUST bought a bike from them to give me some leverage and possibly get me a good deal. I just have to talk to the manager at the other store. I doubt he could give me the full bike for what I want it for, so I am going to ask what kind of deal we could cut on a frame. This way im not dropping a whole butload of money on a bike all at once and can actually customize it the way I want it over the next few months.

What do you guys think?

Maelstrom 03-18-03 12:58 PM

Hmm...depends on the shop. Some shops will not like the fact you are bringing in parts for them to add to the bike that you didn't buy from them. Buy as much as you can from them and only buy online or elsewhere if the deal is INCREDIBLE. Also the only bighit frame you can buy is the DH so you may have to talk to a few shops to see if they will split one off for ya.

90% of the stuff on a bike is easy you just need the tools. There are only a few things I get a shop to do now and thats because of a lack of tools. Wheelbilding, headset pressing and cutting the steerer on my fork to fit the bike. Everything else I can more or less handle.

Good luck it is worthwhile...

slcpunk21 03-18-03 01:15 PM

Shops are the only place that can build a bike for you from a frame...WE are gods!! We know how to do it all!! Never try and build a frame up on your own!! YOU WILL FAIL!

HA HA Just kidding man! Here's the only thing to consider.

How often are you planing on tinkering with your bike? Do you think you'll change parts alot? Do you like to strip your bike down alot? Doing the work is something most can learn how to do, the tools sometime can be a little pricy depending on what you need.

So what I'm saying is... if you are only going to build it up once, bring it to a shop, they'll do it all for ya. But if you plan on doing int multiple times, buy the tools it'll save ya money in the long run!

Most shops wont care where you got hte parts especially since you got the enduro from them they should be pretty cool about it.

Inside thought here... in our shop if the person buys all the parts from our shop...we put it all together at no charge for them, umong the other discounts we give em. So ask you shop..see what's theyd to before you get all the parts off line. Maybe you'll pay a little more in the shop..but the service is the key!!!

Good luck!
:beer:

a2psyklnut 03-18-03 01:22 PM

I'd bet that if you bought them some beer and pizza and asked them to stay late and show you how to install the parts, they would. If not, bring the frame, parts, beer and pizza down here, and I'll show you and then go riding the next day!

L8R

slcpunk21 03-18-03 01:31 PM

Hey a2psyklnut how about we grab the pizza and beer and head out there and show him? I really want to ride in WA...ha ha ha.

:beer:

a2psyklnut 03-18-03 01:36 PM

Cool, I'll bring the headset press, the steerer tube cutting guide and the facing tools. You bring the truing stand the bb and the cassette tool. Everything else we'll pick up from MikeOk and him along the way. We'll have Maelstrom come down and anything else we'll just fake!

We'll also invite DirtbikeDude to come up for the party as well!

Oh, yeah everyone else is invited. kegger at Phar's house!

L8R

Maelstrom 03-18-03 01:40 PM


Originally posted by a2psyklnut
I'd bet that if you bought them some beer and pizza and asked them to stay late and show you how to install the parts, they would. If not, bring the frame, parts, beer and pizza down here, and I'll show you and then go riding the next day!

L8R

Actually that has worked for me...a 12 pack of kokanee and suddenly I am mechs best friend :)

Now that would be a party. East coast, central and west coast all in one place...:D...

a2psyklnut 03-18-03 01:46 PM

East Coast? How about South East Coast? FL to WA would be about a 4 day drive! Would have to stop in OK to pick up Mike and do some riding/trail work on his property. Of course stop in CO and UT. We could pick up Joe.

I like it, I like it! Now I just need the time AND the money!

L8R

Maelstrom 03-18-03 01:52 PM


Originally posted by a2psyklnut
East Coast? How about South East Coast? FL to WA would be about a 4 day drive! Would have to stop in OK to pick up Mike and do some riding/trail work on his property. Of course stop in CO and UT. We could pick up Joe.

I like it, I like it! Now I just need the time AND the money!

L8R

Yeah that is the issue isn't it :)...oh well :)

montlake_mtbkr 03-18-03 02:48 PM

hey Pharcyde,
what shop did you buy the enduro at? that sounds like a great price.
I'm contemplating getting a new bike. just not sure what to get yet.

Pharcyde 03-18-03 02:55 PM

I bought the enduro from Bicycle Centers in Silver Lake. Its lcoated across from fred meyer off the 128th street exit. Look for the arco station.

They have an enduro there right now for $999 which is such a killer deal. If your looking for a bike like the enduro dont pass up the opportunity. I was talking with one of the guys and apparently they bought the rest of the 02 enduros from specialized and are giving them away at great prices.

dirtbikedude 03-18-03 07:28 PM

I'm in if there is Guinness:D

You could get a compleat BigHit for under $900 so I would assume you should be able to get a frame around $650 or $700.

Hey a2, have you ever used a pipe cutter for the steerer tube? They cut them stright and leave no sharp edges.

Maelstrom 03-18-03 07:38 PM

Guiness all round. I have started to grow an appreciation for it this year :)...

slcpunk21 03-18-03 07:39 PM

The only issue with a pipe cutter is that it actually pushes a little of the metal out creating a lip when the blade first starts cutting. With a saw it cuts away the metal. It's not a big deal as long as you have a file and spend a little time removing the lip. If you leave it there you may not get the stem and other parts on.

:beer:

Pharcyde 03-18-03 07:44 PM


You could get a compleat BigHit for under $900 so I would assume you should be able to get a frame around $650 or $700.

How exactly could I get a Bighit for $900. What year? Where? Used**********?

Maelstrom 03-18-03 07:52 PM

A regular bighit (not comp or sport or anything) is 880 american...full bike...the burlier brother bighit comp / sport is more expensive and the granddaddy bighit DH is 1600$ for the frame itself.

dirtbikedude 03-18-03 08:04 PM

slc, I have not had that problem. The cutter I use rounds out the out side of the tube and there is no need to file it.

dirtbikedude 03-18-03 08:07 PM


not comp or sport or anything
I am not a fan of Specialized so I may be wrong but are not the frames the same? If so, he could get one, it will have new parts that should last and he could just upgrade as the parts started to wear out or break.

Maelstrom 03-18-03 08:11 PM

The bighit is one frame, big hit comp and sport I believe are the exact same, bighit dh is a beast :)

Pharcyde 03-18-03 08:18 PM

I ve looked at the bighit sport and its pretty burly. Its a totally different design than the comp however.

heres a link to the specialized website.

http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...untain&my=2003

I dont know, the bike looks kind of cheesy, with fairly low end parts. Have you heard of a Mozo fork, or X-Fusion shock? If so are they any good. Im not sure about the frame. It looks burly....

Tell me if Im wrong, but wouldn't going with a p2 be a better idea for a freeride bike for 150 bucks less?

dirtbikedude 03-18-03 08:36 PM


Tell me if Im wrong, but wouldn't going with a p2 be a better idea for a freeride bike for 150 bucks less?
It would be a better deal. MOZO forks shall we say, Suck.

The x-fusion shock works good though. Not the best but good.

slcpunk21 03-19-03 09:24 AM

I guess it comes down to how big of a freerider you are! If you're going to try and do huge 30ft drops on a hardtail...good luck, so far there is only one guy that has accomplished that!

It's like this... yes a hardtail can work for freeriding (I'm so sick of that term!) but it will be much less forgiving! If you mess up...more than likely your gonna get chucked off the bike. Full suspension will give you a little more cushin for that mistake!

If you're going to do a lot/more of urban and dirt jumping go with the hardtail.... if you're gonna be more of a huckster go with the full sup.


:beer:

Yes the MOZO ummm as dirbikedude put it sucks. But you can always upgrade parts later one. From what I've seen that big hit frame should be pretty good. I can't say for sure since I don't know of many people with them,and it uses a 26" rear wheel. The upper end big hit frames are solid! BUT... they do use a 24" rear wheel I don't know if that would make a difference to you or not. For me... I personally don't like the way the bike feels with the 24...rides way different. BUT yet some others love it. So....

Just some more thoughts for ya.

:beer:

Pharcyde 03-19-03 12:48 PM

Im new to freeriding and actually riding all together. The biggest drop I have done is 5 feet. I simply dont want to practice freeriding on my enduro because I dont want to break the bike especially because it wasnt intended to freeridr which I am now just figuring out. If I could redo it all, I would have just got a bighit. SO I still have the option to sell my enduro, but then Im stuck with a big ass bike on the many trails I do. Unless the bighit can be taken on an epic ride, im not sure I would want to have that as my one and only bike.

I thought the P2 might be a good idea because it will let me practice and hone my skills dropping. I dont really care if Im flipped off the bike. Im more worried about the bike breaking than myself. I have an inance ability not to crash hard when I fall off my bike, and have been doing drops and riding with clipless pedals.

Maelstrom 03-19-03 12:59 PM

Try a bighit comp or expert out...they may be easier to move around than you think.

dirtbikedude 03-19-03 03:18 PM

You can also get last years Giant DH comp frame for around $900. It will handle the drops but it will get pricey building it up depending on the parts you get.


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